Is your neighbor’s grass really greener than the grass your side of the fence? It’s possible in your mind’s eye that the neighbor is doing something unique. Truth is, they aren’t doing anything overly amazing. All you need is some information on how you can care for your garden in the right way. Begin building your knowledge base by reading the gardening advice in this article.
Properly lay your sod. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Break the soil into fine tilth and make sure you remove any weeds as well. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
It is very important to keep the weeds from taking over in your garden. Weeds can truly ruin a good garden. A clever way to accomplish this is with the help of some white vinegar. White vinegar is a weed killer! So, if weed pulling is tiring you out, spray a white vinegar solution all over them.
For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
Mix the grounds of coffee in soil that has a lot of alkaline. The coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to give some acid back to the dirt. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.
Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. The mulch help keeps the soil that is around the plants much more moist for much longer. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. Your plants will receive extra water and nutrients, and you’ll spend less time dealing with weeds.
Pest control can be very difficult when dealing with a vegetable garden. Avoid using a bunch of harsh chemical pesticides in your garden. Don’t forget you intend on eating these vegetables. So to help you control the pests that may invade your garden, you will want to stay vigilant. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.
If you want to keep dogs our of your garden, take some aftershave, old perfume, or any other scented item and spray the grass around the area. Doing so shields the scents that your dog might pick up on and be drawn to, causing their potential interest in your garden to drop dramatically.
As you can see, the suggestions here are easy to follow and rather simple to implement. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Watch your garden to see how different plants respond to these new techniques. If one method does not deliver good results, try the next one. Do your research, take time to tend to your garden and be patient to see amazing results.